COVID-19 Resources for OVW Tribal Grantees

Updated 8/28/20

COVID-19 Resources for Indian Country, developed by the Harvard Project and the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, has developed a COVID-19 Resources for Indian Country Toolbox that offers resources on building governance capacity, tribes’ best practices and information about the virus in addition to tribal health ordinances.


The OVW Fiscal Year 2020 COVID-19/Violence Against Women Assistance to Tribes Solicitation is open! It provides funds dedicated to COVID-19 related needs under the following two grant programs: the Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program and the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program.

The solicitation allows tribes (and as applicable, tribal designees, tribal organizations, and tribal nonprofit organizations) to submit short, simplified applications for special funding under two OVW grant programs – Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program and the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program. Eligible applicants may apply to both programs covered by this solicitation, regardless of the status of current applications or awards under these programsApplicants must submit a separate application for each program covered by this solicitation. Funds must be used to meet specific COVID-19 related needs relevant to the purposes of each grant program, not to support entirely new projects.

Eligible applicants are limited to: tribal governments, authorized designees of tribal governments, tribal organizations, nonprofit tribal organizations, and tribal consortia. Specific eligibility differs for each included program.

Deadline – Applications will be reviewed and processed as they are received. To be considered, an application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on September 16, 2020. For applications submitted by August 20, 2020, OVW may be able to make awards by September 30, 2020.

Pre-Application Information Session: OVW will host a telephonic pre-application information session to answer questions from applicants. Participating in this session is optional and not a requirement to apply. The information session will take place on August 6th at 2:00pm EST. Applicants interested in registering for the information session should contact

Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email OVW at Alternatively, interested parties may call OVW at 202-307-6026.

View the Solicitation for more information.

Responding to COVID-19: Resources and Information

The Safe & Together Institute has developed a COVID-19 specific series of blog posts on responding to domestic abuse survivors and their children during the pandemic, along with practice tips, at Safe & Together in a Time of Crisis.

The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) has a page devoted to Pandemic Resources for Tribal Courts, which includes a link to relevant court orders, sample orders, and declarations categorized by Tribe.

See Disaster Planning for Tribal Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC). The recorded webinar looks at personal preparedness and how to continue the critical operations of domestic violence programs during the pandemic.

The Tribal Law & Policy Institute offers information on responding to the virus on their COVID-19 Resource Page, including the legal and court response on the TLPI Court and Legal Resources page.

Visit Red Wind Consulting’s COVID-19 Resources for information from the CDC, IHS, NNEDV and other organizations on considerations in addressing the virus.

The American Indian Health Commission (AIHC) for Washington State offers model plans, policies, codes and resolutions for Tribes on their AIHC COVID-19: Model Plans, Policies, Codes and Resolutions page.

For recommendations and resources for advocates and programs in responding to the crisis, go to the NNEDV’s Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes Recommendations for Responding to COVID-19 in Domestic Violence Shelters and tips for Helping a Friend Experiencing Domestic Violence During COVID-19, among other resources.

The Centers for Disease Control offers a page on Social Distancing for Tribal Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission, which includes tips for multi-generational households.

The Resource Sharing Project has pulled together some sample policies that address working remotely, administrative leave, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. These policies can be found at

Guidance for OVW grantees from the Office on Violence Against Women:

June 29, 2020 COVID-19 Update for Grantees – Updated Guidance on Short-Term Administrative Relief for Grantees Impacted by COVID-19

OVW Tribal Programs’ Six-Month Progress Reporting: For information on reporting during COVID-19, see the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness video: Reporting in a Pandemic Training and their FAQs page for Tribal Government Program grantees. TSASP, Tribal Coalitions and Tribal Jurisdiction Programs grantees can access information on progress reporting specific to their grant program at: (listed alphabetically).

April 30, 2020 COVID-19 Update for Grantees – Resource Guide for Grantees

Guidance to Award Recipients Impacted by COVID-19. Short-term Relief for Various Administrative and Audit Requirements

Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) Help Sheet OVW Tribal Affairs Division

OVW Tribal Governments Program Manager Assignments by State

March 19, 2020 Notice: Message from the OVW Acting Director and COVID-19 FAQs for Grantee Programs

March 19, 2020 Notice: Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations

March 17, 2020 Notice: Office on Violence Against Women DC Staff Transition to Telework and Related Information

March 17, 2020 Notice: Office on Violence Against Women Human Resources Policies on Telework, Remote Work, and Administrative Leave for Programs

COVID-19 Guidance for Tribal Programs

The National Indigenous Women’s Center (NIWRC) has developed COVID-19 Guidance for Tribal Programs, adapted from the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) “Guidance to State Coalitions”, with guidance on confidentiality, precautionary measures, and the provision of alternative services during the crisis. Go to: COVID-19 Guidance for Tribal Programs to view and download.

Providing victim services remotely from NNEDV, including:

Best Practices for Mobile Devices

Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis (additional resources can be found in NNEDV’s Digital Services Toolkit)

Best Practices When Using Mobile Devices for Advocacy

How to Operate a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis

Access to mental health services for survivors from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health:

Supporting Survivors’ Access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Emergency

Other Resources on COVID-19 for Tribal Communities:

The Urban Indian Health Institute has developed a resource page with updates and resources for tribes and urban Indian organizations and communities about the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Go to: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus 2019)

The Centers for Disease Control offers a Toolkit for Tribal Communities with guidance and planning documents specific to COVID-19, and a page for Tribal Communities responding to the corona virus pandemic, as well as a page on Social Distancing for Tribal Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission, which includes tips for multi-generational households.

NCAI: COVID-19 Resources for Indian Country


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